Artery Or Vein Patents (Class 606/158)
  • Patent number: 11026567
    Abstract: Devices for enhancing minimally invasive cardiac surgery include a visualization device including an inflatable balloon at or near the distal end. Some visualization devices also include one or more lumens for allowing the introduction of one or more devices to a surgical site through the visualization device. Systems of the invention involve a visualization device which has at least one lumen for allowing introduction of an ablation device and/or other devices. A visualization device with an inflatable balloon may be positioned to create a space between a heart and pericardium when the balloon is inflated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventor: Arthur A. Bertolero
  • Patent number: 10994663
    Abstract: A jaw member for a support assembly for securing a bicycle to a load carrier for a vehicle. The jaw member includes a frame work structure formed by at least one support element and at least one rib. The frame work structure is adapted to enable the jaw member to withstand a relative high amount of tensile stress while still being relatively light weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Thule Sweden AB
    Inventors: Patrik Zander, Anders Sjödell
  • Patent number: 10959736
    Abstract: An atrial appendage occlusion apparatus including an inflatable body defining a compression region that is sized and shaped to receive an atrial appendage and a self-sealing valve associated with the inflatable body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth Lance Miller
  • Patent number: 10946531
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments provide modular robotic systems that allow one or more operation parameters of a robotic actuator, or group of actuators, to be dynamically configured or reconfigured. The operation parameters may be, for example, the X, Y, and/or Z position of the actuator or group of actuators with respect to other actuators, the arrangement of the actuator(s) into an array or matrix, the rotation or pitch of an actuator, the distance between actuators, the grip strength or grip surface of an actuator, etc. Accordingly, the same robotic manipulator(s) may be used for multiple purposes in multiple different contexts, manipulators can be swapped out on-the-fly, and robotic systems may be dynamically reconfigured to perform new tasks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Soft Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Aaron Lessing, Kevin Alcedo, Ryan Richard Knopf, Daniel Vincent Harburg
  • Patent number: 10932789
    Abstract: A surgical ligation clip includes a first jaw, a second jaw, and a hinge portion that pivotably couples the first jaw to the second jaw. The first and second jaws define respective clamping surfaces and include spaced bosses. Each of the spaced bosses include a transverse portion and a head portion that is oversized and has a diameter that is larger than the diameter of the transverse portions. The oversized head portions allow for the ligation clips to be securely supported on a clip applicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Justin Thomas, Eric Brown, Gregory R. Morck, Roy J. Pilletere, Saumya Banerjee, Matthew A. Dinino
  • Patent number: 10912602
    Abstract: An electrosurgical device can be delivered to a tissue site to provide supplemental sealing of vessels and/or vascular tissue that include suturing, stapling, or the like. The electrosurgical device is generally in the form of forceps, and includes an end effector assembly including opposing movable jaws. Each jaw includes a deformable pad or cushion including an electrode array positioned thereon. Each deformable cushion is configured to deliver a fluid, such as saline, during activation of the electrode array, thereby creating a virtual electrode which couples radiofrequency (RF) energy emitted from the electrode array into tissue in which the RF energy is converted into thermal energy. The deformable cushion and electrode array provide a controlled degree of compression upon the target tissue or vessel to maintain integrity of a suture, staple, or clip, as well as controlled energy emission for sealing, cauterizing, coagulating, and/or desiccating the target tissue or vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Innoblative Designs, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert F. Rioux
  • Patent number: 10842351
    Abstract: An endoscope treatment tool includes: a tubular sheath part; an operation wire; an arm member; a holding tube; and a biasing member. The sheath part includes an elongated body part, and a tubular member. In a state where the holding tube and the tubular member are in contact with each other, the holding tube and the tubular member are connected to each other so as not to be rotated relative to each other about an axis and to be movable relative to each other in a direction in which a central axis of the sheath part extends. The arm member and the holding tube have a rotation restricting structure that prevents the arm member from rotating about an axis of the holding tube in a state where the arm member is in contact with the holding tube against the biasing force of the biasing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shingo Osaka, Tomohiro Tsuji, Tomohiko Mamiya
  • Patent number: 10743883
    Abstract: A flat embolic braid having a first side comprising a first side surface, and a second side comprising a second side surface facing in an opposite direction than the first side surface, the braid having an elongated constrained configuration for being deployed through a delivery catheter, and a three-dimensional unconstrained configuration, wherein in the three-dimensional unconstrained configuration, the braid assumes a plurality of successive loops in which the braid is at least partially twisted between successive loops of the plurality, so that the first side surface faces externally of each loop, and the second side surface faces an interior of each loop, respectively, regardless of a change in direction and/or orientation of the braid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: STRYKER EUROPEAN HOLDINGS I, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen Porter
  • Patent number: 10716572
    Abstract: A blood flow reducer (20) for insertion in a blood vessel, the reducer (20) being adapted to be deformed from a first configuration to an expanded configuration, wherein, in the expanded configuration, the reducer (20) defines an axial lumen (40) for allowing blood flow therethrough, the axial lumen (40) having a smallest cross-section, the reducer (20) has a largest cross-section, and the smallest cross-section is comprised between 20% and 90% of the largest cross-section. In particular, the smallest cross-section is strictly comprised between 70% and 90% of the largest cross-section. A method for preconditioning a liver of a living being before partial hepatectomy, wherein a 10 to 30% stenosis is created in a branch of a portal vein conducting blood to a first liver lobe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignees: Université d'Aix-Marseille, ASSISTANCE PUBLIQUE—HÔPITAUX DE MARSEILLE, INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA SANTÉ ET DE LA RECHERCHE MÉDICALE
    Inventors: Pierre Henri Rolland, Vincent Vidal, Emilie Hélène Marie Grégoire
  • Patent number: 10675143
    Abstract: A suspensory fixation device has an elongated anchor member adapted to be transversely situated at the exit of a bone tunnel. A graft supporting loop member formed of a pair of parallel suture limbs extending from a bight portion is suspended transversely from the anchor member and has a loop length which is adjustable so the graft ligament can be supported in the bone tunnel at varying distances from the anchor member. When a graft ligament is attached to the saddle end of the loop member, the length may be shortened by pulling distally on the pair of limbs to pull the graft ligament into the bone tunnel. When tension is applied to the loop member by the graft pulling the loop proximally, the bight portion of the suture automatically locks the graft supporting loop member in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Linvatec Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew S. Kam, Giuseppe Lombardo, Peter C. Miller, Steven E. Fitts
  • Patent number: 10531879
    Abstract: Clamping devices for occluding a blood vessel comprise a pair of jaws for receiving the blood vessel therebetween, one or more inflatable membranes within the jaws and at least one handle coupled to the pair of jaws via a hollow arm. The at least one handle comprises an actuator coupled to the one or more inflatable membranes via the hollow arm for inflating the one or more inflatable membranes to occlude the blood vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: VASCULAR DEVICES PTY. LTD.
    Inventors: Albert Gerosolimo, Ian Reilly, Geoffrey Paul Whelan
  • Patent number: 10531975
    Abstract: A nasal splint and methods for using such splints are provided. The nasal splint may include an elongate generally planar member comprising first and second ends, and a first outer surface and an opposite second outer surface; a tubular airway extending along the first outer surface at least partially between the first and second ends, thereby defining a lumen having an opening adjacent the first end; and a structure on one of the elongate member and tubular airway adjacent the first end supporting a feature that is spaced apart from the first outer surface and configured to support a suture across the opening when the suture is directed through the elongate member adjacent the first end and the feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: TACKLEBOX MEDICAL, LLC
    Inventors: James H. Atkins, Celso Bagaoisan, Suresh S. Pai
  • Patent number: 10500042
    Abstract: A stent (300, 400, 400?) for a prosthetic heart valve includes a body having an inflow end (310, 410) and an outflow end (312, 412), and an anchoring section (340, 440) adjacent the inflow end. The anchoring section may include structure (342, 344, 420) that extends radially outwardly from the body when the stent is in an expanded condition. The stent may include a transition section (370, 470) between the body and the anchoring section, the transition section in the expanded condition of the stent having a diameter that is smaller than the diameters of the body and the anchoring section. When implanted into a native valve annulus, such as the mitral valve annulus, the anchoring section may help the stent resist migrating away from the native valve annulus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventor: Xue Mei Li
  • Patent number: 10456259
    Abstract: Mitral valve prolapse and mitral regurgitation can be treating by implanting in the mitral annulus a transvalvular intraannular band. The band has a first end, a first anchoring portion located proximate the first end, a second end, a second anchoring portion located proximate the second end, and a central portion. The central portion is positioned so that it extends transversely across a coaptive edge formed by the closure of the mitral valve leaflets. The band may be implanted via translumenal access or via thoracotomy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Heart Repair Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Valavanur A. Subramanian, Thomas Afzal, Gary Hulme, Jeffrey Christian, Michael L. Reo
  • Patent number: 10343290
    Abstract: A system, apparatus, and method is configured to retrieve items and particularly items that are stored in high-density storage solutions. The system can include one or two-piece manipulators with retractable grippers. The manipulators can be relatively low profile and/or low friction to facilitate their placement between a target item and adjacent items on densely packed shelves or trays. In a retracted position, the grippers can be stowed beneath the surface of the manipulators to further facilitate the placement of the manipulators. In a deployed position, the grippers can extend above the surface of the manipulators to increase the contact area, coefficient of friction, and/or surface pressure of the manipulators on the target item. The grippers can enable the manipulators to be thinner than would otherwise be possible to enable retrieval of items from tightly packed storage solutions—e.g., warehouses with higher gross cubic utilization (GCU).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ennio Claretti, Andrew D. Marchese, Ying Xu
  • Patent number: 10335272
    Abstract: An apparatus for repairing the function of a diseased valve includes a tubular first support member which is expandable to a first average diameter and has oppositely disposed proximal and distal first support member ends. A tubular second support member is spaced axially apart from the first support member and is expandable to a second average diameter that is smaller than the first average diameter. The second support member has oppositely disposed proximal and distal second support member ends. A tubular graft section interconnects the first and second support members and has oppositely disposed proximal and distal graft section ends axially spaced apart by a graft section body. The proximal graft section end is connected directly to the distal first support member end and the distal graft section end is connected directly to the proximal second support member end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: THE CLEVELAND CLINIC FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Eric E. Roselli, Douglas R. Johnston
  • Patent number: 10208925
    Abstract: A soft robotic instrument that is capable of changing its form factor (e.g., expanding and contracting) during use to facilitate minimally invasive surgery. The instrument may be formed wholly or partly of an elastomeric, electrically insulating material for mitigating the risk of injuring tissue and for mitigating the risk of electrical arcing during electrosurgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Soft Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl Everett Vause, Joshua Aaron Lessing, Ryan Richard Knopf
  • Patent number: 10182823
    Abstract: An atrial appendage occlusion apparatus including an inflatable body defining a compression region that is sized and shaped to receive an atrial appendage and a self-sealing valve associated with the inflatable body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth Lance Miller
  • Patent number: 10111743
    Abstract: A securing device for securing a flexible line to another object. The clip has a working end and a clip end, the former for attachment to the other object and the latter for securing the line. The clip end has two loops and a locking clip. The two loops extend in opposite directions away from the locking clip, and are connected by a crossbar which is perpendicular to and against the locking clip. The locking clip is formed from two parallel shafts, closely spaced together. The line is secured by wrapping it at least twice around the loops, then up over the crossbar and down into the locking clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: SOUTHWEST RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventor: Andrew R. Moore
  • Patent number: 10098640
    Abstract: Devices and methods for clamping tissue and/or moving two tissue structures together by moving two plates or arm together. The pressure or force applied to the tissue may be used to bring the tissue together, to seal an opening or to cut through and remove a portion of the tissue. In one procedure disclosed, a clip applier may be used to apply one or more clips to the left atrial appendage of the heart to prevent clots from the left atrial appendage from embolizing and causing harm to the patient, such as a stroke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur A. Bertolero, Tamer Ibrahim, Steve Geyster
  • Patent number: 10076398
    Abstract: A filter device is provided having a biodegradable features. The filter device comprises an elongate stent portion and a conical filter portion attached thereto that is preferably balloon expandable. The conical filter portion includes a plurality of struts extending between a holding ring and the stent portion to define the conical shape of the filter portion. The struts can be biodegradable so that they degrade over time. The struts and/or holding ring can be configured so that at least one of the struts remains attached to the holding ring after a predetermined period of time. The struts are biased toward the wall of the body vessel in which the filter device is installed, so that after the predetermined period of time, the struts, and the strut attached to the holding ring, will expand toward the body vessel wall for bioabsorption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: COOK MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Steen Aggerholm, Kasper Klausen
  • Patent number: 10039611
    Abstract: A system for containment and organization of medical wire features a U-shaped clamp. A first ridged and grooved clamping block is located on a clamp first side posterior end and a second ridged and grooved clamping block is located on a clamp second side posterior end. A first side compression member is located on an inside surface of a clamp first side and a second side compression member is located on an inside surface of the clamp second side. An adjustable ratcheting lock attaches the clamp first side and the clamp second side. A first finger grip is located on an outside surface of the clamp first side and a second finger grip is located on an outside surface of the clamp second side. Medical wire is placed between the first side compression member and the second side compression member then the clamp is compressed against the medical wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Brian O Mohika
  • Patent number: 10039670
    Abstract: The disclosure includes devices and methods for controlling fluid flow. The devices include a tube configured to receive fluid from a fluid source; and a valve for controlling fluid flow through the tube, the valve responsive to fluid pressure in the tube. The valve includes a first magnet outside the tube at a fixed first distance from the tube and a second magnet outside the tube substantially opposite the first magnet and at a second distance from the tube, the second distance greater than the first distance. The valve includes a ferromagnetic fluid within the tube between the first magnet and the second magnet and held in position by a magnetic field generated by the first magnet. The amount of ferromagnetic fluid is sufficient to seal the tube when the fluid pressure is below a threshold pressure set by the second distance between the second magnet and the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary
    Inventors: Eleftherios Paschalis Ilios, Claes H. Dohlman
  • Patent number: 9974532
    Abstract: Provided herein is a clip for organ retraction or organ exposure during minimal invasive surgery wherein the clip comprises a body made of a biocompatible material wherein the body comprises at least two generally opposing first and second segments that form a jaw defined by a separation between the two segments; wherein the two segments each comprise distal and proximal ends wherein the proximal ends may be directly connected or connected through one or more segments within the body of the clip and wherein the clip defines at least four configurations a resting configuration, an open configuration, a grabbing configuration, and a sliding configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignees: SURGICAL PERSPECTIVE SAS, IRCAD
    Inventors: David Baas, Vincent Garitey, Frederic Mouret, Bernard Dallemagne, Silvana Perretta
  • Patent number: 9821114
    Abstract: Provided herein is a method of delivering nucleic acid molecules to a compartmentalized tissue or organ of a subject. Also provided herein are uses and processes for delivering a nucleic acid molecule to the parenchyma of a compartmentalized tissue or organ. The methods and uses can be used in the treatment of diseases and conditions and in industrial, agricultural and veterinary applications. Also provided herein are compositions containing an adenovirus or adeno-associated virus or other recombinant virus formulated for administration to the parenchyma of a tissue or organ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Global Bio Therapeutics, Inc.
    Inventors: Jose Gustavo Cabrera Aquino, Blanca Angelica Segura Pacheco
  • Patent number: 9795388
    Abstract: The invention relates to an aneurysm coil that is made up of a single wire of a noncircular cross-sectional shape. The wire is coiled in a helical configuration to have an outer surface and an inner surface. The outer surface of the wire does not have a round outer surface. The aneurysm coil of the present invention is designed to encourage cellular adhesion and tissue growth along the coil surface by employing a wire having a substantially non-circular cross sectional area, such as a T shape, a triangle, square, rectangle, oval, pentagon, hexagon, septagon, octagon, star, rhombus, as well as a variety of non-geometric shapes. The use of a wire having such a cross sectional shape promotes endothelial cells to adhere and grow within the gaps created by the juxtaposition of the wire forming a coil, thus anchoring the coil to its intended location, promoting thrombosis, endothelial growth across the opening of the aneurysm, and eventual healing of the aneurysm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventor: Avery Evans
  • Patent number: 9763669
    Abstract: An apparatus for deployment of multiple hemostatic clips, comprises a shaft connected to a handle and a control linkage operatively connected to the handle in combination with a magazine disposed at a distal end of the shaft, the magazine containing a plurality of clips arranged in a chain rotatable within the magazine, wherein a proximal-most one of the clips is coupled to the control linkage, a distal portion of the magazine being contoured to permit opening of a distal-most one of the clips during a distal stroke of the control linkage, and to assist closing and locking of the distal-most clip during a proximal stroke of the control linkage, the magazine including an expanded chamber sized to allow opening in any rotational orientation of a next clip located immediately proximal to the distal-most clip to a degree sufficient to disengage the distal-most clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventor: John A. Griego
  • Patent number: 9713549
    Abstract: An device for occluding a body lumen such as a reproductive lumen which includes an occluding component having an impervious barrier to provide initial occlusion of the body lumen and a permeable body to facilitate tissue ingrowth which provides long term occlusion of the body lumen. The device and the method of using the device is particularly suitable for contraception.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: BAYER HEALTHCARE LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Callister, William S. Tremulis
  • Patent number: 9682180
    Abstract: A ventricular assist system and a method of implanting the system are disclosed. The system can have a pump, an inflow conduit, an outflow conduit, attachment ring, ring clamp, and a valvular structure. The attachment ring can be attached to the apex of the heart. The valvular structure can have a flexible, one-way valve in a rigid housing. The inflow conduit can be passed through the valvular structure and the attachment ring into a beating heart with minimal loss of blood. Devices such as slitting tool, coring knife, and/or C-clamp and use of the devices can form part of the system and method for implanting the ventricular assist device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: THORATEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Carine Hoarau, John Duc Nguyen, Steven H. Reichenbach, Ruth Eleanor Costa, James Badia, Donald Lee Hannula
  • Patent number: 9642627
    Abstract: An apparatus for applying surgical clips to tissue includes a handle assembly having a trigger and a shaft extending therefrom. The shaft includes at least one surgical clip therein. Each clip includes a pair of legs connected by a crossbar. Each of the pair of legs has an inwardly and an outwardly facing surface, the outwardly facing surface having a raised profile protruding therefrom and extending longitudinally therealong. A jaw assembly is disposed at a distal end of the shaft and includes first and second opposed jaws moveable between a spaced apart and an approximated position. Each jaw defines a recess extending longitudinally along opposing inner surfaces thereof. Each recess defines a longitudinally extending groove having a profile substantially complementary to the raised profile of the legs of the clips. The legs of each clip are positionable at least partially within respective grooves of the recesses of the jaws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Tom Zammataro
  • Patent number: 9615823
    Abstract: Tools and methods for removing anchors from medical leads involve a guide portion and a blade. The lead is inserted within a lead passageway of the guide portion of the tool and the tool is moved along so that the blade contacts the anchor and cuts a slit in the anchor as the tool. Once the blade has cut the slit through the entire anchor, the anchor comes free of the lead and the tool can be removed. The tool may include a manner of opening and closing the guide portion so as to provide access to the lead when open and to contain the lead when closed. Opening the guide portion allows the lead to be inserted or removed by laterally moving the lead into or out of the lead passageway such that the tool may be installed or removed at any available point along the lead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Jacob W. Silverberg, Michael J. Kern
  • Patent number: 9572579
    Abstract: A surgical clip is provided, having two clip arms and a resiliently flexible element pivotally connecting the two clip arms together. The two clip arms each have a first free end, which are held in parallel to and in contact with each other with a predetermined closing force by the flexible element in a rest position. At a second end opposite the free end, the clip arms are held connected to a wall section of the flexible element that is arranged substantially transverse to the longitudinal direction of the clip arms, extends between the second ends of the clip arms and has a first wall portion facing towards the clip arms and a second wall portion facing away from the clip arms. The flexible element is made from a plastics material by injection molding. The first wall portion is produced with a greater shrinkage than the second wall portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Aesculap AG
    Inventor: Dieter Weisshaupt
  • Patent number: 9414825
    Abstract: A closure device includes a protruding member that is detachably provided at a distal end of a longitudinal member; a pair of grasping members that are turnable with respect to the protruding member; first and second linear members that are connected to the pair of grasping members; and a holding portion that has an action portion for applying a force in a direction in which the pair of grasping members approach the protruding member and is detachably provided at a distal end of the longitudinal member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinji Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9402757
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods are disclosed for providing chronic or temporary tissue support and/or restoration that does not require that the targeted tissue be severed and/or punctured. A device having two components and at least one connector for maintaining a prescribed distance between the two components is described. Such devices, systems and methods may be used on any tissue of a body and may be delivered through laparoscopic and/or endoscopic procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: CVDevices, LLC
    Inventors: Ghassan S. Kassab, Jose A. Navia, Sr.
  • Patent number: 9386987
    Abstract: A surgical clip, in particular an aneurysm clip, includes two rotatably connected clip parts, each having a clamping arm, an operating arm, and an interposed annular section with an opening. A leg spring pretensions the two clip parts into an initial rotation position. The pivot bearing of the two clip parts is formed by a bearing sleeve and the winding body of the leg spring is arranged at least in part inside the bearing sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Peter Lazic GmbH
    Inventor: Daniel Lazic
  • Patent number: 9364237
    Abstract: A medical device is disclosed for joining a first tubular organ (1), such as a blood vessel, to a second tubular organ (2), such as a blood vessel. The kit includes an external tubular scaffold (4) with a removable scaffold handle (7, 18, 19) and a clip (3). In use, the clip (3) and the external tubular scaffold (4) remain outside of the tubular organs (1, 2) being joined. The clip (3) embraces a first longitudinal tubular section (6) of the external tubular scaffold (4) thereby holding together a longitudinal segment of an intima of the first tubular organ (1) and a longitudinal segment of an intima of the second tubular organ (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: METESO AG
    Inventors: Rossella Sgarzani, Rolf Spingler
  • Patent number: 9364214
    Abstract: A surgical instrument for manipulating suture within a patient. The surgical instrument includes a short cannulated handle and a cannulated shaft having a curved configuration. A Nitinol loop is inserted through the cannulation of the instrument for passing and shuttling suture through tissue. The curved shaped of the instrument allows it to be introduced into the shoulder for rotator cuff repair, for example, using the Neviaser Portal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Arthrex, Inc.
    Inventor: Olivier Courage
  • Patent number: 9289194
    Abstract: An insert 30 comprises a rod 32 having a proximal end 34 and a distal end 36. The insert 30 also comprises a tool 38 which is demountably coupled to the distal end 36. Proximal end 34 is formed with a ball 40 which is configured to seat and engage in a socket of a handle 12 of a laparoscopic instrument 10. The rod 32 fits within a sheath 14 of the laparoscopic instrument 10. The distal end 36 of the rod 32 is provided with an attachment head 42 to facilitate the attachment of the tool 38. A linkage mechanism 44 in the attachment head 42 converts the linear motion of the insert 30 (and in particular rod 32) relative to the outer sheath 14 to a pivotal motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Inventors: Jai Singh, Jiwan Steven Singh
  • Patent number: 9282965
    Abstract: An engaging element for engaging tissue is described. The engaging element may include a first member including at least one tissue engaging portion and a second member including at least one tissue engaging portion. The second member may be pivotally connected to the first member. The engaging element includes a locking mechanism operatively associated with the first and second member. The locking mechanism may be configured to inhibit the relative motion of the first and said second member. An engaging system for engaging tissue is described. The engaging system may include an engaging element for engaging tissue, a first member having at least one tissue engaging portion, and/or a second member including at least one tissue engaging portion. A method for engaging tissue is described. The method may include positioning an engaging element relative to an engaging element delivery device and/or to a portion of tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: ABBOTT LABORATORIES
    Inventor: Arkady Kokish
  • Patent number: 9282972
    Abstract: A surgical clip includes a pair of opposed arms joined at one end by an integrally formed flexible hinge and a hinge lock. A male locking pin near the free end of one arm is configured to penetrate tissue when the male locking pin is urged towards a mating female aperture near the end of the opposite arm. The clamping side of an arm may include a protruding feature, such as a wedge shape elongated ridge, while the clamping side of the opposite arm includes a corresponding trough or aperture that receives the protruding feature. Clamping surfaces may include non-slip protrusions, such as ribs, ridges, cones or pins. An applicator holding feature, such as a boss, near the hinge prevents the clip from yawing and becoming askew during application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: INNOVATIVE UROLOLY, LLC
    Inventors: Manoj B. Patel, Bhailal H. Patel, David M. Albala
  • Patent number: 9271729
    Abstract: A surgical clip comprising a curved backbone having a lower side, a plurality of arms coupled to the curved backbone and extending therefrom in the same direction, each arm having a facing side, and an interior surface comprising the lower side of the curved backbone and the facing sides of the plurality of arms. A method of installing a surgical clip comprising fastening body tissue with surgical staples to form a stapled edge, and fastening the surgical clip across the stapled edge to inhibit the development of openings along the stapled edge. A tool for installing a surgical clip, the tool comprising a clip delivery end to carry and position the surgical clip, and an actuator to cause the surgical clip to engage and secure the stapled edge of body tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Inventor: William D. Nicholson, IV
  • Patent number: 9254180
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a surgical instrument having a cutter and a stapler. The cutter is operable to sever a portion of tissue. The apparatus further comprises a plurality of staples where the stapler is operable to introduce the plurality of staples into tissue to form a staple line. The apparatus further comprises a reinforcement clip. The reinforcement clip is operable to be in selective communication with the staple line. The reinforcement clip comprises a crown, a leg portion, and a teeth portion. In some versions, the leg portion has a width operable to cover the area defined by the staple line. In some versions, the teeth portion is configured to anchor into tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas W. Huitema, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Julianne M. Siegel, Wendy A. Kerr, Steven G. Hall
  • Patent number: 9220507
    Abstract: A surgical clip includes a pair of opposed arms joined at one end by an integrally formed flexible hinge and a hinge lock. A male head element near the free end of one arm is configured to spread tissue when the male head element is urged towards a head mating element near the end of the opposite arm. The clamping side of an arm may include a protruding feature, such as a wedge shape elongated ridge, while the clamping side of the opposite arm includes a corresponding trough or aperture that receives the protruding feature. Clamping surfaces may include non-slip protrusions, such as ribs, ridges, cones or pins. An applicator holding feature, such as a boss, near the hinge prevents the clip from yawing and becoming askew during application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Inventors: Manoj B. Patel, Bhailal H. Patel, David M. Albala
  • Patent number: 9220492
    Abstract: A wound closure device includes an elongated body with proximal and distal ends having a plurality of through-holes along the length and defining a longitudinal axis with a plurality of surface features extending away from the axis. The proximal end is configured and dimensioned to pass through body tissue and thereafter be selectively passed through at least one of the plurality of through-holes such that at least one of the surface features also passes through the through-hole thereby forming a locked closed loop to secure body tissue held therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Matthew D. Cohen, Michael Primavera
  • Patent number: 9209529
    Abstract: A clip assembly includes a first clip comprising two opposing contact surfaces connected by a U-shaped hinge, where each of the two opposing contact surfaces has protruding flanges with teeth for engaging a surface inserted between the flanges. The clip assembly further includes a second clip comprising two opposing contact surfaces connected by a U-shaped hinge, wherein each of the two opposing contact surfaces has protruding flanges with teeth for engaging a surface inserted between the flanges. The clip assembly also includes a wire connected to the first clip at one end of the wire and to the second clip at another end of the wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International, LLC
    Inventors: Joey D. Magno, Andrew Cole, Randy Dorn
  • Patent number: 9200089
    Abstract: Thermosetting polymeric compositions, such as polyurethane compositions, and related methods are provided. The invention relates to coating and polymer compositions and related methods derived from a biodegradable natural polysaccharide compound such as chitosan, pectin, heparin, and combinations thereof reacted to a cyclic oxide compound, such as an oxetane, oxolane or oxepane compound. The compositions and methods of the present invention exhibit self-repairing properties upon exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. The compositions and methods of the present invention can be used in many coating applications, such as the transportation, packaging, fashion, and biomedical industries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: The University of Southern Mississippi
    Inventors: Marek W. Urban, Biswajit Ghosh
  • Patent number: 9192501
    Abstract: A remotely adjustable remotely power gastric band system may include a control device, an implant electronic device, and an implantable gastric band. The control device may telemetrically power and communicate with the implant electronic device, which may be used for adjusting the diameter of the implantable gastric band. The implant electronic device may store the gastric band adjustment history records of a patient and regulate the power received from the control device. To improve transmission efficiency, the implant electronic device may adopt a double modulation scheme for communicating with the control device. Furthermore, the implant electronic device may detect and resolve motor blockage issues related to the implantable gastric band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Apollo Endosurgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Pierre Fridez, Alain Jordan, Jean-Charles Montavon, Tiago Bertolote, Laurent Mosimann, Xavier Raemy, Razack Osseni, Joel Bonny
  • Patent number: 9168050
    Abstract: A medical instrument tool or end effector constructed of a fixed jaw having a distal grasping end and a proximal body end; a movable jaw having a distal grasping end and a proximal body end; a slide member controlled from a tool actuator, adapted for linear translation and supported between the jaws; at least one link that inter-couples between the slide member and the movable jaw; and a pivot member mounted at the fixed jaw and for engagement with a slot in the body end of the movable jaw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Cambridge Endoscopic Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Peine, Andres Chamorro
  • Patent number: 9149261
    Abstract: Implant delivery systems are disclosed. In general overview, an exemplary system includes any number of the following: a delivery device, a sling assembly, guide members, and connectors that interconnect the above. Embodiments of all the above components and their combinations are disclosed. Methods of using the above system in suprapubic, prepubic, transvaginal, trans-obturator and other approaches are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael S. H. Chu, Alfred P. Intoccia, Barry N. Gellman, Joseph John Raneri, Michael Frank Weiser, Kenneth J. Daignault
  • Patent number: 9125732
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are described including an implantable device shaped to define (a) at least two artery-contact regions, the artery-contact regions comprising struts that are configured to stretch an arterial wall by applying pressure to the arterial wall, and (b) at least two crimping regions that comprise locking mechanisms configured to prevent the crimping regions from becoming crimped due to pressure from the wall of the artery on the artery-contact regions. The crimping regions are configured to be crimped during insertion of the device, via a catheter, by the locking mechanisms being unlocked during insertion of the device. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: VASCULAR DYNAMICS, INC.
    Inventors: Yossi Gross, Itzik Avneri, Ori Weisberg, Moshe Eshkol